Former UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun had surgery in May to remove an apparent cancerous growth from his lungs, according to an Associated Press report.
“It was cancer-related, yes,” he told The Associated Press. “I’m not going to talk about it. I was out for a day and a half. I’m completely healthy now.”
Calhoun, 70, had three other bouts with cancer: prostate cancer in 2003 and two separate instances of skin cancer. This past February, Calhoun had surgery to repair spinal stenosis. He also fractured his hip during an Aug. 4 bike ride, which “gave him time to think” about a possible retirement. The Hall of Fame coach stepped away from his head coaching position at UConn on Sept. 13. He now works as a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director.